We Are in Phase 1 of the DACC Reopening Plan

Phase 1: Campuses are closed to non-essential personnel. DACC will provide limited, temporary access with specific administrative approval.

DACC Reopen Plan NMSU Ready Plan

We are Reopening Our Doors

A Letter from DACC President, Dr. Monica F. Torres.

DACC students, faculty, and staff,

Clearly, we find ourselves in a situation that requires our serious attention. At DACC, we must work hard to balance the academic progress of our students and the safety of our community. I truly believe that the more we do now—online classes, face-to-face interactions only when necessary, COVID-safe practices—the better off we are. We will save lives now, and we will forward the cause of a broader return to campus. I thank you for your support in all these efforts.

Monica F. Torres
President, DACC

Coming to Campus
Health & Safety
Contact Tracing
Personal Responsibility
Coming to Campus

DACC is in PHASE 1 of opening

Before returning to campus, every employee will learn safety practices and precautions that can reduce transmission. For employees to return to campus, they must complete an online safety training. This training will be offered through Training Central.

  • Campus Access while in Phase 1 is limited.
    • The only employees regularly on campus will be those providing hybrid classes (some CTE and science labs); those providing face-to-face services (Testing Center, Cashier’s Office, and computer labs); and those deemed “essential” workers (Facilities, Security, IT Support, and Internal Services).
    • All other employees needing to access campus will have to fill out the Building Access Form (PDF) and be approved by their supervisor. If you are part of a program or service area plan that was approved to be on campus for specific days and hours during the fall, you do not need to complete this form. However, if you’re requesting access for a day/time outside of the approved plan then you will need to complete this form.
  • You can find more critical information regarding the phases of reopening and operating procedures at DACC Reopen Plan and at NMSU Ready Plan.

During this phase, most of DACC will be operating off-campus, but for those on-campus, we are implementing the following COVID-safe practices:

  • Regular cleaning and sanitation of rooms and buildings.
  • Those accessing campus are expected to practice social distancing and wear a mask over their nose and mouth. Best practices include:
    • Not congregating in hallways
    • Not eating inside the buildings
    • Not moving furniture or sharing objects
    • Practicing good hygiene and respiratory etiquette
    • Keeping a minimum of 6 feet apart from others
  • For those permitted to access campus, check with your instructor, supervisor, or other appropriate personnel before coming to campus to know what building entries and exits to use.
  • Health screenings will be required for all employees, students, and visitors.
  • Most offices and departments are offering virtual support or by appointment only. Be sure to check with the office before visiting campus for instructions.
Health & Safety

What do I need to know prior to coming onto campus?
In order to maintain a safe environment, please do not come onto campus based on the following criteria:

What do I need to know coming onto campus?

  1. Before coming to campus, review the NMSU Ready Plan.
  2. Masks will be required at all times on DACC campuses. We will be using social distancing measures in all areas. View NMSU Face Covering Protocol (PDF)
  3. All people coming onto DACC campuses will go through a check-in process. This will include a set of screening questions to assess your risk for COVID 19. You will also have your temperature taken daily. You will receive more specific information from your instructor or supervisor for building entry. Signs will be posted for other services.
  4. Snack bars will remain closed.

I’m not planning on coming to campus, what do I need to know?
All DACC students will be provided a COVID 19 presentation along with some questions. You’ll find this through each of your courses.

In addition, students will take a personal responsibility pledge. While you may not be on campus, we care about your safety regardless of your location.

DACC faculty have been working to ensure that all online courses are of high quality. Over the summer, hundreds of faculty completed multiple training to improve online teaching skills.

Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

At DACC our goal is to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, any individual who may have been in contact with the individual has been assessed to determine if the exposure was a high or low risk.  Based on the cautious strategies implemented by DACC (face covering requirements, social distancing) it was assessed that the risk of exposure to others was low or null.

What our numbers mean

  • Cumulative positive COVID-19 cases: An individual reported a positive COVID-19 test result and followed required quarantine procedures through the duration of the infectious time period.
  • New Reported Positive COVID-19 Case: An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was on a DACC campus.  Upon being notified of the positive COVID-19 test, the individual will not be allowed on the campus and will quarantine in order to mitigate any exposure of the virus to other individuals.

Contact Tracing Community Report

DACC will provide COVID-19 updates to the community regularly.

For the Fall 2020 semester, student enrollment is just above 7,000 students.  Roughly, 77% of classes are fully online, and thus we are operating with limited numbers of individuals on campus. For any individual coming to campus, the COVID-19 protocols and health screenings are enforced.

Report date:  October 22, 2020

New Reported Positive COVID-19 Case(s): 2

Cumulative Positive COVID-19 Cases for the Fall 2020 semester: 7

What we are doing to ensure safety on all DACC campuses

  • Face covers are required to be worn at ALL times while on any DACC campus.
  • All individuals who come onto a DACC campus will be asked questions related to COVID-19:

Questions include:

    1. Have you been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    2. Are you currently experiencing symptoms?
    3. Have you been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual in the last 14 days?
    4. Have you traveled out of the state of New Mexico in the last 14 days?
  • In addition, each person's temperature will be checked.  If a person's temperature is 100.4 or greater, they will not be allowed in the building.
  • Strict cleaning and sanitizing is occurring in all public places daily.
Personal Responsibility
  • You have a personal responsibility to those on campus to learn safety practices and precautions that reduce transmission. 
  • We ask that you take the New Mexico State University COVID-19 Safety Commitment Pledge
  • Please follow the Travel Guidance for New Mexico
  • Know how COVID-19 spreads 
  • Know what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, need to quarantine due to a high-risk exposure, or are having COVID-19 symptoms. 
    • Any student or employee at DACC who has tested positive for COVID-19 and had been on campus at any time 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or COVID-19 positive test must notify their supervisor or instructor and report the positive test to CovidSafety@dacc.nmsu.edu
    • If you are showing any symptoms, stay home, and seek testing.
    • If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, notify your supervisor or instructor immediately.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you need to contact our COVID Safety coordinator before you can return to work or school. You can contact our COVID Safety Coordinator at CovidSafety@dacc.nmsu.edu 
  • Know the Student Code of Conduct consequences for non-compliance with COVID-safe procedures. 
  • If you’re going to be on campus, know that all people coming onto a DACC campus will go through the following building check-in procedure
    • You will be expected to answer a set of screening questions to assess your risk for COVID 19. 
    • You will also have your temperature taken daily. 
    • You will receive more specific information from your instructor or supervisor for building entry. 
    • Signs will be posted for other services (open computer Labs, testing services, and cashier’s office) 
  • Be positive, be safe, be flexible, and be healthy.

How Classes will be Taught | ServicesAggieID | Textbooks |  MyNMSU | Stay Connected | Important Dates | Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) | Making PaymentsOnline Student Top 10

Know the way classes will be taught.  

  • Our classes will be offered in three different formats: synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous. For a complete tutorial on these formats, check out this short video.

Know what services are available in-person or virtually.  

  • All college services are available.  In-person services available for students include the open-computer labs (by appointment only), testing services (by appointment only), and cashiers. Services available virtually include admissions, financial aid, academic advising, student accessibility services, veterans’ programs, and career services.
  • Student Resources Quicklist (PDF)

Know how to get your AggieID.

  • You can submit a request for a student ID online. You will then be able to pick up your ID by appointment from ID Card Services located on the second floor of the NMSU bookstore located at 1400 E. University Ave. To complete this process, you will need:
    • To log in using your NMSU username and password
      • Submit a photo using the required criteria
      • Wait 48 hours, then text (575) 459-0838 with the following information:
      • Full Name
      • Aggie ID Number
    • Date and time you would like to pick up your ID (M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm)
  • Wait to receive a text back with instructions on what to do when you arrive to pick up your ID.

Know where to get your textbooks. 

  • The DACC bookstore is open for online business only. We offer curbside services and postal delivery options, curbside pick-up is available from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Visit dacc.nmsu.edu/bookstore for more information.

Know everything that is available through my.nmsu.edu

  • Tons of information and services are available through the NMSU student portal.  Email, registration, financial aid information, Office365, paying tuition, and Canvas are only some of the most important processes that can be completed by logging into my.nmsu.edu.

Stay connected to faculty and advisors.  

  • College success depends on staying connected to faculty and advisors.  Stay connected to faculty utilizing Canvas.  Login into my.nmsu.edu and clicking the Canvas icon (learn.nmsu.edu) under the Applications menu.  Email and make appointments with academic advisors by logging into NMSU Navigate.  Apps for Canvas and Navigate are available on the App Store or Google Play.

Know important dates and how to get the right form.  

  • Find important information about deadlines for adding and dropping classes, applying for degrees, and more for the 2020-2021 year.
  • Spring 2021 registration information
  • Many updates to student records require applications or forms to be completed. If you need to make these changes visit the University Records quick list of forms

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available to students.  

  • Personal protective equipment like face-coverings, hand sanitizing station, and gloves will be made available to all students through vending machines or through other methods. Limited quantities of PPE will be available through Campus Security 575-527-7777 or through your instructor.

Where to make payments.  

  • All students are directed to make their payments online at mynmsu.edu if possible.

    Checks and money orders can be mailed to the following address:

    DACC Cashier’s Office
    Attn: Student Payments
    PO Box 30001, MSC 3DA
    Las Cruces, NM 88003

    Note:  Students should include their Aggie ID on all documents submitted

    The cashier’s office will be accepting cash only payments every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. beginning 8/18/20. Entry to the building is not allowed, but “curbside” payment services will be provided at the East Mesa Campus on the East side of the DASR (Student Resources) building. Please call 575-527-7516 upon arrival, and you will be directed on how to proceed.  Please note that all students must be wearing a face covering.

Top 10 Suggestions for Being an Online Student

  1. Need Wi-Fi? DACC Parking Lot Hot Spots and Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspots
  2. Free iPad? See if you are eligible for a free iPad!
  3. New to online learning? Find helpful information and tips to be successful online at DACC! (PDF)
  4. Zoom QuickStart Guide: Be ready for attending virtual office hours, class meetings, or group work with these setup instructions (Google Doc).
  5. Microsoft 365 is free for DACC students: Place Microsoft 365 on any device you own.
  6. Reach out to professors and peers: Initiate communication in your class by sending personal emails to professors and addressing peers in discussions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, seek clarification, or express interest.
  7. Self-Care: It’s a stressful time, practice some self-care during COVID with the Happiness Lab Podcast, or The Calm App. (Free virtual yoga, running class, etc.?)
  8. Visit online departments that support your learning: The DACC Library provides free online resources.  Visit their website for resources like eBooks, streaming video, online journal articles, and research guides.  The Academic Readiness Center (ARC) provides free online tutoring for several of your course needs and VLIT for canvas support and training.
  9. DACC Student Services and Resources: Emergency economic assistance is available through DACC’s Emergency Aid Program.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Olga Davalos by calling 575-527-7530 or by email at odavalos@dacc.nmsu.edu.  For other available services, visit DACC Student Resources.
  10. DACC Computer Labs Fall Semester 2020: Computer Labs will be open by appointment only beginning Wednesday, August 19, 2020.  Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Computer Lab Reservation Form

The Computer Lab can also be reached by calling one of the numbers below:

    • Espina Campus:  575-527-7561
    • East Mesa Campus:  575-528-7265
    • Gadsden Center:  575-882-6822
    • Sunland Park Center:  575-874-7798
    • Chaparral Learning Center:  575-527-7657

Need to Know | Returning to Campus | Computer Support | Teaching Online Top 10

What ALL Faculty Need to Know

  • All instruction will take place online unless approved for hybrid delivery.  Check with your Department Chair/Program Director for more information. 
  • Use the updated course syllabus template (PDF) that includes the statement about the possibility of Career and Technical Education lab/clinical cancelation.
  • There is a new Online Engagement Checklist (PDF) for you to use during the fall. Please work closely with your Department Chair/Program Director for accessing this checklist.
  • BE FLEXIBLE, the situation can change often. Check the DACC Covid-19 Ready Response Framework (PDF) and Reopening the Doors website (and your emails) for phase updates to determine the current phase of people on campus. 

What Faculty Returning to Campus Need to Know

  • Complete the return to campus employee training which can be found on Training Central if you will be physically on campus this semester.
  • Request permission to access campus:
    • Single Visit
    • Long-term
  • DACC will employ a building check-in procedure (SharePoint) where students/faculty/staff are screened.  Please check in with your Department Chair/Program Director or Unit Supervisor to confirm check-in procedures.
  • Notify students, staff, and faculty, and other approved visitors about the COVID 19 safety protocols for coming onto campus. A request to come to campus can be found here.
  • Know the COVID-Safe practices and the procedure for reporting non-compliance.
  • Look for the COVID-19 signage for information when you’re on campus

DACC Classroom Hotline for Computer Support: 

  • DACC will continue to offer computer support for faculty and staff. The goal is to provide immediate support for issues that arise in the classroom.
    The Computer Support and Facilities Service Desk systems are still the preferred methods for office and non-emergency classroom-related issues.
  • For Computer Support: 575-528-7002
  • For Facilities Support: 575-528-7050

Top 10 Suggestions for Teaching Online

  1. Be present. The role of the instructor in course interactions is among the most critical for student success in online courses. Provide regular communication and timely feedback to each student as an individual and as a part of the class.
  2. Communicate important course information using multiple channels (Announcements, emails, class open discussion boards, etc.)
  3. Ask students for feedback. Using email, surveys, or discussions ask students how things are going a few weeks into the semester to make any needed changes or adaptions to the course.
  4. Be flexible. Students have different practicalities with time and personal responsibilities, especially during COVID-19. Understand the limitations of your students at the beginning of the semester to have reasonable and obtainable expectations they can achieve while maintaining the rigor of the course.
  5. Ensure digital equity. Take inventory of those who do not have immediate or consistent mobile devices or Wi-Fi. Provide alternatives or accommodations for activities such as synchronous Zoom meetings.
  6. Canvas Help and Questions: For all things Canvas contact VLIT at vlit@nmsu.edu.
  7. Online Teaching Best Practices and Course Design Help and Questions: Contact the Interim Director of Online Quality Assurance, Kathy Achen, at kachen@dacc.nmsu.edu
  8. Keep it simple. Cool technology tools are amazing but not always beneficial. Use only the tools that improve and assist learning objectives.
  9. Teaching online is a lot of work. Plan and create your entire course before the semester begins so you can concentrate on teaching, interacting, and making adjustments to the course during the semester.
  10. Monitor students' coronavirus stress. Depression and anxiety in the college student population is high. Become familiar with DACC services to recommend resources and provide student-student and student-instructor for social interaction and connectedness.

Return to Campus | Departmental Plan | Alternative Work Arrangement | Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Training Opportunities | Telework | Computer Support | Pláticas 

KNOW, and complete the required Return to Campus training.

KNOW your departmental plan for reducing risk and keeping your workspace safe and healthy.

  • Each department should have a written plan for returning to campus, which includes any unique instructions to that division, and which personnel should be where, and when.  As part of this, know the procedures for entering and exiting a building as well as guidelines for entering other classrooms/offices while in the building (if any). Notify your supervisor if you have traveled out of state. Be aware of the importance of following procedures, and consequences for not following the COVID safety guidelines (i.e. wearing masks).

KNOW how to access the information found in AWA (Alternative Work Arrangement).

  • This is found in ARP 6.87 Establishing an Alternative Work Arrangement (AWA): The AWA promotes the ability to get work done most productively by balancing work requirements with the needs of the employees. Provides procedural guidance for supervisors and employees who wish to explore either short or longer-term AWA, including telework, flextime, a staggering work schedule, or compressed workweek. https://arp.nmsu.edu/6-87/ 

KNOW how to access FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act).

  • Information such as Paid Leave: The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees with two types of leave benefits as support for those affected by the COVID‐19 pandemic through December 31, 2020: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Paid Family and Medical Leave Expansion (EFMLA). Eligible employees have a right to these benefits and supervisors should not discourage employees from using this leave. Under EPSL, emergency paid sick leave is available for up to two weeks of pay for eligible employees who are unable to work or telework because of a COVID related situation. It is important to know your rights if you cannot come to work or are on extended leave.

Eligible employees are also entitled under EFMLA to take up to 12 weeks of job‐protected leave if the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to caring for the employee’s child (who is under 18) because the child’s school or place of care has been closed or his or her childcare provider is unavailable due to the public health emergency. For more information and request form, go to the benefits website.

KNOW the training opportunities available to you.

  • New training modules and resources are now available to help you successfully navigate our changing work environment including the Learning Resource Network, Training Central, and the Teaching Academy. Remember the college’s existing, funded, professional development opportunities through credit courses. Up to 6 credit hours per semester may be taken and paid for by the college, with supervisor approval, and direct relationship to job responsibilities.

KNOW the options for telework for employees:

  • This online training module is designed for employees with alternative work arrangements (AWA), particularly teleworking. The module will cover NMSU's AWA policy as well as best practices for working from a remote workplace. Telework for Supervisors: This online training module is designed for those who supervise employees with alternative work arrangements (AWA), particularly teleworking. The module will cover NMSU's AWA policy as well as best practices for managing a remote workforce. Return to Campus Training: Read about NMSU's protocols to return to campus following the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols in this module were developed to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and the risk of infection to workers as the level of on-site activities increases. These protocols are supported by the NMSU leadership and aligned in all activities with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and state and local health official recommendations. New COVID-19 Training Resources Page: COVID-19 has changed the way we do business. We are faced with a new work environment, and we must adopt strategies and processes to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As we move forward, it is important to be informed and prepared. At this site, you will find information, resources, and guidance to help as we prepare to return to campus.

DACC Classroom Hotline for Computer Support:

  • DACC will continue to offer computer support for faculty and staff. The goal is to provide immediate support for issues that arise in the classroom.
    The Computer Support and Facilities Service Desk systems are still the preferred methods for office and non-emergency classroom-related issues.
  • For Computer Support: 575-528-7002
  • For Facilities Support: 575-528-7050

Pláticas with the President: